Dr Julia Knights

Deputy Director, Head of Energy and Climate Science at Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Policy Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy

Dr Julia Knights is Deputy Director, Head of Energy and Climate Science at BEIS where she oversees the work of a team for the UK’s focal point for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and a team commissioning a programme of climate, bioenergy and land use change research, and the reporting of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Previously Julia spent 12 years in the FCO working oversees in the UK’s diplomatic missions heading up the science teams in East China, Russia and Brazil. Julia’s most recent role was as the FCO’s Director of Science & Innovation for Latin America Hub (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) overseeing a £150 Million Newton Fund in Brazil for joint research in climate, biodiversity, sustainable agriculture and tropical medicine. Julia also worked in Defra both as Senior Policy Advisor on crops for heat & electricity and as an Arable adviser on farms in East Anglia. She also worked in the French Ministry of Agriculture in Paris to investigate France's new biofuels policies to inform the Cabinet Office & Defra.

Julia holds a BSc Hons in soil science, an MSc in crop protection & a PhD in biogeochemistry related to climate. She is currently Strategic Adviser to the Secretariat of Mission Innovation, an international initiative aimed at rapid acceleration of clean energy innovation and is Chair of the Board of the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme.